Out of the Past (1947) Directed by Jacques Tourneur.
Jane Greer as Kathie and Robert Mitchum as Jeff.

Jeff: That isn’t the way to play it.
Kathie: Why not?
Jeff: Because it isn’t the way to win.
Kathie: Is there a way to win?
Jeff: Well, there’s a way to lose more slowly.
(she loses)
Kathie: I prefer it like that.
Jeff: Chunk it in.
Kathie: Don’t you like to gamble?
Jeff: Not against a wheel.

5 Responses to “Out of the Past (1947)”

  1. Most lists of the greatest film noirs of all-time usually have this atmospheric, cynical masterpiece in the #1 position. It’s noteworthy for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which for Daniel Mainwaring’s brilliant script that you give a memorable snippet of.

    But Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, composer Roy Webb, art director Albert S. D’Agostino and of course the head orchestrator himself, Jacques Tourneur have together made one of the greatest of all American films.

  2. An excellent example of one of those rare movies that fires on all cylinders. Love it more everytime I watch it.

  3. One of the great great noirs of all time. Love Robert Mitchum in this.

  4. Kirk Douglas is great too

  5. Hang my gallows high, baby.

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